Duke Energy Grants
DUKE Energy awarded $27,000 to 9 schools! In addition, 29 teachers received professional development in the areas of Energy, Environment, or Engineering. Along with the training teachers also received materials to implement concepts in their classrooms. Since 2006 Duke Energy has invested over $645,000 in Polk’s teachers and students.
Polk Education Foundation (PEF) received $40,000 in funding from Duke Energy for school grants to enhance science initiatives on Energy, Environment, or Engineering topics for the 2021-2022 school year. Schools will apply for funding in early fall. Thank you, Nancy Dodd and DUKE Energy!
Duke Energy Schools
2021-2022 Press Release – DUKE Energy
School Matching Grant
Polk Education Foundation awarded over $29,000 in School Matching Grants to 4 schools!
2020-2021 School Matching Grant funding received through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as part of the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, is open to all public and charter schools in Polk County and requires schools to solicit and acquire new funds from a private or community donor with the promise of a dollar for dollar match up to $3,000 per grant. What a great way to connect and engage community members with local schools.
STEAMing Up Polk Schools! Grant
Polk Education Foundation awarded $35,000 in Grant Funds to 12 schools!
STEAMing Up Polk Schools! funded through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation, awarded $35,000 for STEaM education grants. Grant funds must be used to increase student achievement in STEaM content areas, improve/increase availability and inventory of resources to enhance instruction in STEaM education, and/or fund professional development in alignment with STEaM education initiatives.
AT&T STEM at Work Grant
2020-2021 AT&T STEM at Work Grant funded one $2,000 STEM (Science-Technology – Engineering- Math) grants through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). The intention of AT&T is to provide students with opportunities to better understand an area of STEM through workplace-based experiences and to increase their awareness and interest in STEM careers.
Hillcrest Elementary’s project, Virtual Reality STEM: Possibilities in the Medical World, partnered with Dr. Buck Scott to develop a connection between virtual reality and how it is used in the medical world, including surgeries, training, and tela-health in the ICU. Utilizing virtual reality tools students will be transported into the heart of a hospital and inspire to dream big!
2020-2021 ATT Press Release
Suncoast Credit Union Grant
Suncoast Credit Union is proud to invest in education in Polk County. In 2020-2021, the Suncoast Credit Union grant awarded two $5,000 grants to meet any need at the school site. Citrus Ridge Academy purchased iPads for third graders to have tools to practice research-based programs to reinforce their learning. Philip O’Brien used funds to enhance third through fifth-grade science and reading by adding science tools to develop a strong foundation of student conceptual science understanding. They purchased science tools and nonfiction science books.
2020-2021 Press Release
Tampa Bay Lightning Grant
In 2020-2021, Tampa Bay Lightning funded one $5,000 to Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary. This school focused on increasing literacy for Kindergarten through third-grade students by purchasing leveled readers for classroom use.